Below is a list of initiatives and projects that help people to reduce the waste they produce, by providing alternatives to products, services or waste streams.

The Refill Shop

Starting as a food group, and developing into a shop, since November 2019. The Refill Shop sells zero-waste, plastic-free, whole food, ingredients and domestic products and raw artisan chocolate. They also sell Rawtangle dairy-free chocolate and nut milks.

Location: 40 St. Mary's Street, St. Neots, PE19 2TA

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Clare’s Refill Station

A local refill station supplying affordable, sustainable cleaning products with no plastic waste. All products are vegan, biodegradable, cruelty-free and manufactured by an independent family firm in the UK

Location: 68 Wheatley Crescent, Bluntisham, PE28 3XN

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The Refill Shop of Ikigai

We want to help reduce waste, both plastic and food, and make it easy for you to do it too, by not selling items in plastic or packaging that leaves a lasting mark on the planet

Location: White Hart Lane, St Ives

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The Little Fenland Eco Shop

Based in The Ramsey Initiative Indoor Market, their aim is to stock a range of eco friendly products to give people the choice to buy biodegradable, plastic free or reusable alternatives locally.

Location: Initiative House, Ramsey, PE26 2HE

Monday - Saturday: 9am-4pm

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Happy Earth Refills

Selling a range of eco-friendly, vegan, biodegradable, cruelty-free, plant based, affordable, UK produced refill products, as well as homemade local plastic free products too. Refill containers are sent back to the supplier to reuse, making it even more sustainable.

Location: The Courtyard, Hyperion Auctions, Station Road, St.Ives, PE27 5BH

Monday - Saturday: 9am-5pm / Sundays: 10am-4pm

Telephone: 07751 375521

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The Eco Earth Shop

An online store (but based in Brampton) providing eco-friendly, zero waste, plastic and cruelty free products for you and your home. From solid shampoo bars and organic lip balms to home compostable kitchen sponges. They use a range of different suppliers to bring you the very best products which are both beautiful and sustainable. Their ethos is to 'make the change one product at a time' in the hope of supporting those at the start of their zero waste journey.

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Telephone: 07889 738230

Email: theecoearthshop@gmail.com

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St Ives Refill Centre

Refill station for household and personal cleaning products. All products are eco-friendly, free of harsh chemicals, cruelty free, palm oil free and sustainable.

Location: 1 East Street, St Ives

Monday - Sunday 2:30pm - 6:30pm

Email: stivesrefill@gmail.com

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Refill/eco shops are an alternative to supermarkets, offering consumers a way to buy products package free by taking their own containers to be refilled again and again.

Barrington Repair Cafe

Location: 17 Orwell Road, Barrington, Cambridgeshire, CB22 7SE

 

Cambridge Repair Cafe

Location: Cambridge Carbon Footprint, The Bike Depot, 140 Cowley Road, Cambridge, CB4 0DL

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Cottenham Repair Cafe

Location: Cottenham Community Centre, 250A High Street, Cottenham, Cambridgeshire, CB24 8RZ

 

Histon Repair Cafe

Location: St. Andrews Centre, School Hill, Histon, Cambridgeshire, CB24 9JE

 

The Eversdens Repair Cafe

Location: Eversden Village Hall, 4 Chapel Road, Great Eversden, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB23 1HP

 

Villages South of Cambridge Repair Café

(Fulbourn, Sawston, Shelford, Abington, Linton)

Location: The Fulbourn Centre, Townley Memorial Hall, Home End, Fulbourn, Cambridgeshire, CB21 5BS

 

Middle Ground Repair Cafe, Yaxley

Location: Recreation Ground Pavilion, Middletons Road, Yaxley, PE7 3LR

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Repair cafes are free meeting places and they’re all about repairing things (together). You can repair clothes, furniture, electrical appliances, bicycles, crockery, appliances, toys, etc. You’ll also find expert volunteers, with repair skills in all kinds of fields.

Millfield Community Fridge

Our fridge helps to reduce food waste and food poverty. Anybody can put food in anyone can take food out. Bringing the community together. It has developed into an amazing community hub.

Location: Open Door Baptist Church Hall, Searjeant Street, Millfield, Peterborough

Wednesday: 10am-12pm / Thursday: 10am-12pm / Friday: 9.30am-11.30 am and 1pm-3pm

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Paston Farm Community Foundation

A community centre housing a community fridge.

Location: Paston Farm Community Centre, Freston, Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, PE4 7XB

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WestRaven Community Fridge

Community Cafe - Has a community fridge on site.

Location: Westwood Community Hub, 31-35 Hampton Court, Westwood, Peterborough

Monday – Saturday: 8am-3pm / Sundays: 11am-3pm

 

Yaxley Community Fridge

A community project set up by the parish council for the benefit of the parishioners. Free to use no matter what your social status is. If you wish you can leave something in the food bank in return, such as biscuits or tins.

Location: Austin Hall at the Amenity Centre on Main Street, Yaxley

Weekdays: 9am-4pm / Saturdays: 9am-1pm

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Cambridge Community Fridge

This community fridge enables businesses and individuals to waste less through the sharing of good quality food that's within its use-by date. You can drop off good but unwanted food, and help yourself to what's on the shelf. Please read the instructions and disclaimer prior to use.

Location: The EDGE Café, 351 Mill Road, CB1 3DF Cambridge

Monday – Friday: 8am-4pm / Saturday: 9am-4pm

A community fridge is a refrigerator located in a public space, enabling anyone to put food in and anyone to take food out. The main aim of community fridges is to reduce food waste. They also enable people facing hardship to have easy access to fresh, nutritious food.

Backyard Food

Seasonal events every 4-6 months.

Location: The Green Backyard, Oundle Road, Peterborough, PE2 8AT

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PECT

Annual event during the Green Festival.

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Swishing is a clothes swapping event. They are a place to take along unwanted clothing and to take away someone else's donations, all for free.

Cambs Reusable Nappies

Service offering parents the chance to see, learn more about and try a range of reusable nappies to decide which ones best suit their family's circumstances.

Location: Ely and St Neots

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St Neots Cloth Nappy Chat

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Ramsey’s Cloth Nappy Library

Promoting cloth nappies and their many benefits to local families. Offering free support, free demonstrations and hires (small fee and deposit required).

Location: Ramsey Rainbow Surgery Resource Centre

First Friday of every month: 9:30am-11am

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A growing community of 'real' nappy users. A group of people offering advice and guidance on using 'real' reusable nappies, some also offer support on acquiring 'real' nappies for either a trial or to buy.

Eco Friendly Party

Address: CB1 7TY

Telephone: 07578560505

Email: hello@ecofriendly.net

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Eco Party Pack – Cambridge

Address: SG8 0BB

Email: katyshepherd26@gmail.com

 

Eco Party Pack St Ives

Address: PE27 3TG

Email: ecopartypack@thelilacshed.com

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Eco Party Pack St Neots

Email: ecopartypackstneots@gmail.com

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Friends of Burwell Village College Primary

Address: CB25 0DU

Email: partypackbvcp@gmail.com

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South Cambridge Eco Party Hire

Address: CB22 3JU

Email: southcambridgeecopartyhire@gmail.com

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Reusable partyware can include plates, bowls and cups, and often cutlery, decorations, table linen and much more. By hiring a kit instead of buying disposable partyware these kits can reduce both the carbon footprint of your party and the waste going to landfill or incineration. Worried about all that washing up? Many kits include washing up in the price of the hire or offer it as an optional extra. ​ But what about all that plastic? Yes, many of the kits use plastic however they don't contain any single-use plastic. Plates and partyware can be used again and again.

Cambridge Jumbo Toy Library

Location: Brown’s Field Community Centre, 31A Green End Rd, Cambridge CB4 1RU

Frequency: Once a month – first Wednesday of the month at 2pm-4pm

Email: jumbolibrary@gmail.com

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Cottenham Toy Library

Location: Cottenham Community Centre, 184, High Street, CB248XT

Frequency: bi-weekly on Fridays during term, from 11.15am-12.15pm

A range of toys available for borrowing either for a small fee or for free. From small puzzles and baby toys to large ride-on, sit-in toys, dependent on Library. Take children along for a play, and meet other local mums and dads.